Ash to play Mumtaz opposite Hollywood actor Sir Ben Kingsley
It would be every bollywood actress’s dream to work with four time academy award winner Sir Ben Kingsley and Aishwarya Bachchan; the lucky one will be working alongside the actor for the second time round. Ash is all set to play Mumtaz Mahal while Sir Ben will play Shah Jehan. The film will also be co produced by Sir Ben and the film is centered around the building of the Taj Mahal.
Recently Sir Ben Kingsley hosted the Seven Wonders of the World along with our bollywood beauty Bipasha Basu. It seems hosting the event only further piqued his interest in visiting the Taj Mahal and also making a film on the interesting love story behind one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Sir Ben’s father Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji was an Indian and Sir Ben’s original name was Krishna Bhanji. He is best remembered for his academy award winning role where he played Gandhi. Now he is all set to play another historical character Shah Jehan. Apparently after meeting Bipasha Basu at the Seven wonders event in Lisbon, he was also considering Bong beauty Bips for the role of Mumtaz, but it seems he finally decided on casting Ash whom he has also worked with in The Last legion.
An excited Sir Ben said “The movie is on the building of the Taj Mahal. I had spoken to Aishwarya last year while we were working on The Last Legion and she very generously agreed to do the movie with me.” Sir Ben also confirmed that his production house would be co producing the film and currently he along with his team is working on finalizing a definite script. The film will be shot next year in Agra and Fatehpuri Sikri. So it seems after bagging the recent Pink Panther 2 film and working along with the likes of Steve Martin, Andy Garcia etc, Ash will also now be doing the Hollywood project on the Taj Mahal along with Sir Ben Kingsley. Ash has already done a number of Hollywood projects. However portraying the role of a queen in an epic film will perhaps be easy for the actress who has already done a number of epic films like Umrao Jaan, Jodha Akbar etc. Well Ash is surely making her presence felt in the international film industry.